FROM Katie Howell
Senate Democrats Rake Oil Executives over the Coals Executives from the five biggest oil companies told the Senate Finance Committee today that ending their $2 billion in tax breaks would hinder development of energy supplies. Katie Howell covered the hearing for Greenwire , an online news service that covers energy policy and the environment.
The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida? What's been done to make sure a similar disaster couldn’t happen again? We hear some disheartening answers.
The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until it was finally capped after almost four months. But after reviewing the lack of reforms in Washington and the Gulf states, and with gasoline prices on the rise, the Miami Herald concludes that the largest oil spill in US history "looks more and more like just a big bump in the road in the drive to drill deeper in the Gulf of Mexico." There are economic and cultural devastation, made worse by scientific uncertainty over how bad the damage is and whether it still might get worse. We hear about food safety, environmental destruction, tourism, and whether BP and other industry giants are meeting legal and moral responsibilities.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?